Jayson Tatum's 'super team' comments about Boston Celtics not well-timed: Analyst

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game Two
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OutKick's Amber Harding doesn't believe Jayson Tatum displayed perfect timing with his comments that the Boston Celtics are unfairly referred to as a super team despite not being given the accolades of one during award season.

"So (Tatum's) right that the Celtics are a bit of a paradox in that regard," Harding prefaced before saying, "But right after a 24-point playoff loss doesn't seem like the best time to complain about a lack of individual awards."

Tatum shared his thoughts in the postgame presser following a 118-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on May 9 in Game 2.

"That’s the narrative that you might see on TV, the idea that we have a super team. It’s twofold," Tatum said. "We didn’t have the Coach of the Year. We didn't have the MVP. We only had two All-Stars. They say we’re a super team, but we didn’t get rewarded like we are."

Jayson Tatum needs signature games for Boston Celtics in postseason

Tatum's best performance thus far from a scoring perspective came in a Game 2 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals loss to the Miami Heat. Thus far, there's yet to be a single game-breaking performance from No. 0, which isn't the end of the world but is also a bit alarming as the Cs advance in the postseason.

Tatum has deferred to Jaylen Brown and Derrick White when needed, but there's going to be times when Boston will need him to be the one everyone else is relying on. It's evident the talent is there, but Tatum's playoff yips have been a thing dating back to the 2022 NBA Finals.

This postseason will be one that, if the Cs don't win it all, will be pinned on Tatum. He can re-write the narrative in live time by breaking out of his relative slump -- he's still been productive in other areas, but everyone is expecting a true No. 1 option when he steps on the floor -- sometime soon.